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In NetHack, breathlessness is a property that allows you or other monsters to travel underwater, making them amphibious.[1]

Breathlessness protects from sleeping gas traps[2][3][4] and stinking clouds.[5][6] It does not protect from a worn amulet of strangulation unless the player is also mindless, instead displaying different messages indicating a lack of blood flow to the brain. Breathless players cannot choke on food, but will instead "vomit voluminously" and lose 1000 nutrition.[7]

Breathlessness is only granted by eating or wearing an amulet of magical breathing, but is possessed naturally by many monsters.

Breathless monsters


Binders gain breathlessness while they have Astaroth bound to them.


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